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This week we got more Radiohead records than you could shake a stick at ….oh and it rained. Exciting week. Let’s now take you on a trip through the myriad delights we have brought to the table for you to slather over and wish you could afford. Actually we can help with that. You do know that we offer Free Shipping on orders over £50 (UK only) don’t you? And Normanpoints - you know about that right?

The New News:

This is all the new stuff we have.

  • Let’s Eat Grandma are terrifying identikit children making weird pop.
  • Robin loses his mind over Mitski.
  • M. Craft swapped Dalston for Joshua Tree and folk pop for exquisite piano ballads.
  • Endless sludgers Swans release their final album in their current incarnation.
  • Lake Ruth are Broadcast with Animal from the Muppets on drums.
  • Sun Araw and zither guy Laraaji collab live in concert.
  • We did have the Radiohead album but now we don’t. True story.
  • Squeaky-clean slowcore and emotive synth-pop bluster from The Low Anthem
  • Space rockers Landing are back for more stoned out blissful psych.
  • Really great dredged up Sonic Youth being all eerie everywhere on ‘Spinhead Sessions’.
  • Salford tough guy Ed Blaney ropes in drinking pal Mark E Smith.
  • Glacial soft pop from former Indians guy Soren Juul.
  • Weaves are a raucous, squealing band from Toronto.
  • Will Butler from the Arcade Fire played live in Chicago and someone recorded it.
  • Red Sleeping Beauty make twee-pop with synths.
  • case/lang/veirs are the lower case triumvirate of lady singer songwriters.
  • Joke: How does a collaboration between Noel Fielding and the guy from Kasabian sound? Awful!
  • Yet more Star Wars merchandise in stock with John Williams ‘The Force Awakens’ hologram vinyl.
  • May the Paws be with you.
  • Newcastle heavies Khunnt give us an unrelenting slab of blasted, blackened stoner-psych.
  • Loads and loads of fuzzy, noisy girl punk on Typical Girls.
  • We forgot to mention last week that there is a new Nils Frahm, his name is Ben Lukas Boysen and he has two records out on Erased Tapes.

More from Gnod-related psychedelic project Hum, mathy punk types Papier Tigre, psych poppers Pale Lights, the synth-tastic Ulas Pakken soundtrack for Turkish horror film Baskin.

Bad music corner…. A bumper week this week with terrible new records from Mumford and Sons, Jake Bugg, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and a remix LP from Public Service Broadcasting.

The Old News

These are relics from the past trying to make their way in the modern day...just like our Ian.

Ant’s Electronic Roundup

Representing Wales, representing techno.

7”... News:

A few tiddlers….

  • Huge fuzzed-out garage rock from Feral Ohms.
  • Billie Martin is a silk voiced Ripon lassie making sweet folk and orchestral pop. Big up the Ripon massive!
  • PYLON! There’s a PYLON single in stock.
  • Straight Arrows side project the Green Bananas try to start their own dance craze.

That’s it for us. We can confirm that the result of the big football match is Norman Records 1 (Smith 82) Boomkat 0.

Words by Clint with Ant and bits stolen from Robin.

The Normanites this week were Kim, Jamie, Nathon, Phil, Ian & chief mischief maker Laurie.
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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Mitski

Puberty 2

10/10 from Robin

I want to say something meaningful about ‘Puberty 2’ but all I’ve got is that I love it, that it was fulfilling the first time I heard it and remains so long...read on »

EYE

004

9/10 from Jamie

An epic trip from Londoner ‘Eye’, now. Just when I thought my day couldn’t get any better. Boy, was I wrong. A drawn-out, spacey introduction with staccato s...read on »

Russell E. L. Butler

The First Step

9/10 from Ant

This arrived in stock a coupla weeks ago and managed to evade the review pile because of time restraints but I thought I’d show this EP some well deserved love.‘Th...read on »

Nurse With Wound

Dark Fat

9/10 from Ant

The latest entry into the monolithic Nurse With Wound catalogue is an absolute stonker. The restless, relentlessly creative force of nature that is Stephen Stapleton and compa...read on »

Mika Vainio

Mannerlaata

9/10 from Ant

As with the forthcoming Pan Sonic album, ‘Mannerlaata’ is a soundtrack. In this case for a “74 minute lettrist film made entirely without a camera” by ...read on »

Abul Mogard

Works

9/10 from Ant

This whole story of an old Serbian gentleman recreating the sounds of his former employment in a Serbian factory sounds like an elaborate hoax to me. The music on this album, ...read on »

Radiohead

A Moon Shaped Pool

9/10 from Robin

Sing a song of sixpence that goes… Radiiiiiioooooooheaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad” -- Thom Yorke. At this point, Radiohead have exhausted being Radiohead. By their seventh ...read on »

Tropa Macaca

Vida

8/10 from Jamie

The first long-form record from Portuguese duo Tropa Macaca since their 2013 LP, Praga De Urubu Só Pega Em Cavalo Magro, André Abel and Joana da Conceiç&a...read on »

Beautify Junkyards

Other Voices 08

8/10 from Jamie

Syd Barrett is alive and he has recorded with Broadcast! Oh wait no, it’s the new 45 from Ghost Box. Their latest in their ‘Other Voices’ series of singles f...read on »

Taylor Deupree & Marcus Fischer

Twine

8/10 from Robin

Sometimes you read an ambient album backstory so cliched it feels reverse engineered. Taylor Deupree and Marcus Fischer made their debut collaboration in just a few days haule...read on »

case/lang/veirs

case/lang/veirs

8/10 from Robin

A songwriter supergroup, then, how about it? Usually you assemble the band from bits and pieces here and there, in all traditional components towards playing the music, but th...read on »

The [Law-Rah] Collective & Cinema Perdu

Invocation

8/10 from Jamie

So today we will be looking at (and listening to, of course) some darkly pulsing ambient and asking, “just what is it about this music that makes it so great for process...read on »

Morgen Wurde

Brach Auf

8/10 from Jamie

Beautiful, emotive, cinematic ambient now from Kiel, Germany based artist, Morgen Wurde (Wolfgang Röttger). The droning synth on ‘Aufgehen’, at the beginning ...read on »

M. Craft

Blood Moon

8/10 from Clinton

Moving away from the constant clang of fixed wheel bikes and clink of craft ale glasses that soundtracks Dalston life to the near silence of Joshua Tree must have been quite t...read on »

Various

Typical Girls

8/10 from Clinton

This compilation of lesser known female groups from around the world is thankfully not another re-hash of the early ‘80s (I do love that era but it’s been done ove...read on »

Sonic Youth

Spinhead Sessions

8/10 from Clinton

Just look at the sleeve. Nothing looks more Sonic Youth than that. That is Sonic Youth. Unbelievable cool. Since their rather messy and unfortunate end there’s not been...read on »

Landing

Third Sight

8/10 from Clinton

With all these Flying Saucer Attack records out again it’s time that we remind ourselves of the seemingly largely forgotten ‘space rock’ scene of the '90s. N...read on »

Biosphere

Patashnik

8/10 from Ant

Reissue of this mid-90’s ambient/ breakbeat techno long player - the second album from Norway’s Geir Jenssen, originally released on R&S Records sister label A...read on »

H.U.M

Trinity Way

8/10 from Robin

Sometimes psychedelic rock musicians think of themselves more as lords of time and wizards of thought. I’m expecting such is true of H.U.M., who dress up much of their a...read on »

Hailu Mergia & Dahlak Band

Wede Harer Guzo

8/10 from Robin

I present to you our favourite record to play in the office literally 100% of the time, but I’d also like to stress I’m not mad about it. ‘Wede Harer Guzo&rs...read on »

Various

Structures and Solutions 1996-2016

8/10 from Ant

When you stop and think about all the techno labels that have come and gone over the years, twenty years in the game without compromise is quite an achievement. Hats off to UK...read on »

Lake Ruth

Actual Entity

8/10 from Clinton

Latest in a long line of bands who sound A Bit Like Broadcast, Lake Ruth are a collaboration between a dude from the New Lines and a lady who was in 18th Day of May. There&rsq...read on »

Pylon

Gravity

8/10 from Clinton

Pylon were the greatest band in the world but you knew that already right? They made a kind of jagged but tuneful post-punk with spindly guitars and gravelly vocals that make ...read on »

Jesse Osborne-Lanthier and Grischa Lichtenberger

CSLM

8/10 from Ant

Tough, crunchy, mechanical, futuristic electronics and abtracted rhythms on the Shapednoise curated Cosmo Rhythmatic label from Grischa Lichtenberger (Raster Noton) and Jesse ...read on »

Featured albums

UNKNOT
Alasdair Roberts and James Green
Jesse Osborne-Lanthier and Grischa Lichtenberger
Mika Vainio
Megatraveller
Various
DJ R Tango
Herbarium
Person Of Interest
Pale Lights
Rhythmic Theory
Biosphere
Taylor Deupree & Marcus Fischer
Donato Dozzy
Loose Tapestries
Lake Ruth
Jake Bugg
Billie Marten
John Williams
Laraaji & Sun Araw
The [Law-Rah] Collective & Cinema Perdu
Mumford & Sons with Baaba Maal
The Low Anthem
PAWS
Ulas Pakkan
Soren Juul
Circling Vultures
KHUNNT
Weaves
case/lang/veirs
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Will Butler
Blush Response
AnD
Red Sleeping Beauty
Papier Tigre
Sonic Youth
Kyo
H.U.M
Nurse With Wound
Landing
Feral Ohms
Radiohead
Synth Sisters
Glenn Branca
The Green Bananas
Various
Peter Van Hoesen
Various
Let's Eat Grandma
Public Service Broadcasting
Hailu Mergia & Dahlak Band
Blaney (featuring Mark E. Smith)
Simon Scott
M. Craft
Pylon
Beatrice Dillon / Karen Gwyer
Various
SWANS
BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Mitski
Robert Lippok